The June 10, 1999 Meeting

by Al Bradley

Eighteen of us turned up at Rush Street Grill this night - another good turnout for us. Congratulations to us all! We had one guest Johnathan Nickles. And, by the way, you should have seen the great looking cars in the parking lot behind Rush Street! They drew lots of admirers during the meeting.

President Rich Williams announced that September 12 has been chosen as the date for the club's annual Get Together event at Warrior's Path State Park near Kingsport. We discussed the upcoming (June 12 and June 27) drive events and the fact that they will be mainly impromptu events from now on. Also discussed was an air show event recently discovered to be taking place in Mountain City on June 19-20, but there was not a lot of interest in driving up there together.

Rich also announced that next month's meeting would be a round- table discussion of British cars in general, rather than a formal program. Members will have a chance to talk to each other about those topics that they like.

Members were also reminded to get photos of their cars to Al for scanning and posting on the club's web site. This site is attracting more and more attention from as far away as Australia! Our club now has 42 members, another record.

It was, indeed, a lucky night, for us since Ken Hampton handed out complementary cups to everyone from Gary Whitson and Classic Investments.

And, finally, the event we all came for - Clarence Porter and his slides of racing events. Clarence and others who were members of the Sequoyah Sports Car Club many years ago did lots of travelling to races around the area.

The first of these was from Lexington where we guessed at the identities of various racing vehicles of the period including Scarabs, Ferraris, and bird cage Maseratis.

Next came photos of Virginia International Raceway south of Danville, VA, where loads of famous drivers and cars used to compete. Among others, we saw Ferraris, Coopers, Loti Aston-Martins and many more.

Clarence also showed us some slides taken at the Grandfather Mountain Hillclimb event. Most of these events have long ceased to exist, although, happily, the Danville race track is being revived.

Finally, there were photos of some of Clarence's cars - his 1950 MG- TD and his 'new' 1960 Triumph TR- 3A. There was even a photo of a much younger Ben bailey with his green Sunbeam Alpine, lovely wife and infant daughter.

After Clarence's wonderful presentation, the meeting adjourned to a 'tire-kicking' session in the parking lot. There was something for everyone at this meeting!

ABCS Mourns Bill Bolyard

One of the founders of the ABCS, Bill Bolyard, passed away on 15 June, 1999. Along with fellow FAA worker, Ken Hirsch, Bill was one of the original promoters of the new idea for a club for all British car enthusiasts to serve the Bristol, Kingsport and Johnson City areas. It was Bill and Ken who placed the infamous ad in the local Trading Post magazine that many of our very first members saw and responded to.

Bill oversaw the formation of the club in 1992 as its first Vice President and later served as President of the ABCS during 1993. It turned out that under Bolyard's gentle leadership, the club grew and prospered. Bolyard, along with the other officers, immediately oversaw the adoption of a logo for the club that we still use, a summer picnic, and successful Get Together and Christmas events.

Bill was never far away from club activities unless he and Luisa were travelling somewhere. He was deservedly proud of his family, the club, and his Triumph TR-4 as well. We will all miss him.